In France, the French leadership as of late has barricaded itself onto the side of anti-piracy, with tough new regulations against file sharers in the controversial "three strikes" bill, as well as the developing strategy internally to commit it's finances to shut down those whom engages in "malicious" downloading. Ironically, the same cabinet in power, as a result of the "Presidential Audio Services" (Service audiovisual de la présidence de la République), has now proven to have at least 400 unauthorized copies of a new documentary entitled: "A visage découvert : Nicolas Sarkozy".
As we all have heard, the new "Creation and Internet" law which was proposed last year, and rewritten as it was declared unconstitutional, is being forced upon the French citizens by Sarkozy and his leadership. So the irony of this case, is ever so astounding. As I reported in a previous article, this bill was made into law by the country's parliament last month.
Galaxie Press, the production company which owns the rights to the DVD, had shipped only 50 copies of the film to the government agency. The Presidential Audio Services, had not only made an additional 350 minimum copies, but had the audacity to remove the Galaxie Press logo from the film, and place it's own symbol onto it. Although the CEO of Galaxie Press states this is okay by him and he is fine with this, it seems to be a direct violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and a staunch contradiction to the stance Sarkozy himself has taken against "bootleggers".
CEO Vaillot Bernard of Galaxie Press stated, “The DVD is not for sale, so we can not talk about piracy.” He also went on to suggest that he always gives free copies to the subjects of the documentaries, and the only thing that the government was guilty of, is not asking for the proper amount of the DVDs in question.
Bernard, once notified that the government agency had removed the Galaxie Press logo, did seem a bit compromised, if not trying to hide his anger, stating that "it would have been nice if Galaxie Press was acknowledged, especially as it struggles with news agencies and channels to exist.”
I for one can say I'm amazed that any government organization would outright "rip off" a major production company, and so blatantly decide to remove the logo of the original producers and replace with it's own. This is even more outrageous especially considering the fact that the French Parliament and the fight against piracy and peer to peer in general, is being led by Sarkozy himself, where has has made direct statements before as to his feelings on how "anyone whom makes a copy of another company's material is in direct violation of copyright laws". Sometimes even those in charge have to eat their own words, and Mr. Sarkozy surely will as this only motivates the opposition.
Sadly this is not the beginning of the French governments troubles on issues relating to this. In the first quarter of 2009, the musicians titled "MGMT" took the government to court, for the use of it's track titled "Kids" at it's National Congress, which was used in online videos, political advertisements on television, and for government related conventions on federal land, all of which they were not asked, nor ever granted permission to do so. Eventually, Sarkozy's political party settled for €30,000 ($44,292 USD) outside of the courtooms.
It seems only too bittersweet to those fighting the good fight against anti piracy and anti peer to peer communications, that something like this could happen, especially from leadership which has made such a stance and provoked such an intolerant ruling over piracy, BitTorrent, and peer to peer. I'm sure this will not be the last of this case, and judging from Mr. Sarkozy's government's track record, not the last time they will be accused of committing the same crimes that their citizens are penalized for. Irony seems break the thermometer in France, and the temperature has only began to rise, as now the French advocates for anti piracy have began to commit piracy themselves. Touché Mr. Sarkozy, Touché.
October 14th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
|posted by (2009-10-14 08:13:22)|
|This furthers my dislike for that insufferable LITTLE man. |
Thanx for the article OBS.
|This must be embarassing for them....lmfao..thanks for the info Obs..|
|posted by (2009-10-15 11:23:13)|
|makes a man wonder who is the criminals..cheers OBS|
|Government = Hypocrisy. Nice one OBS|
|BHM said it all (HHHHHHmmmmmmmmmm) ??????|